CDTC’s Community and Transportation Linkage Planning Program (the Linkage Program) is an integrated land use and transportation planning program created to implement the regional transportation plan known as New Visions 2050. The Linkage Program has been recognized as a national best practice in livability planning and is the cornerstone of CDTC’s public participation program. The program provides financial and technical assistance to local communities for planning, with particular emphasis on projects that support implementation of innovative transportation and land use concepts. Examples include strategic zoning code changes/zoning code overlays, the development of complete streets design guidelines, strategic master plans, etc.

The Linkage Program is one of the most significant cooperative regional efforts in the nation to reflect, in practice, what representatives of the region’s counties, cities, towns and villages as well as state and local transportation providers have adopted as policy. In recognition of this regional achievement, the Linkage Program received a 2010 National Planning Excellence Award from the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration and the American Planning Association.

As of March 2020, CDTC has funded a total of 92 collaborative, jointly-funded studies over the past twenty years. Study sponsors have included 41 separate urban, suburban and rural municipalities and counties as well as not-for-profits and other public entities. Roughly $6.5 million in federal, state and local funds have been committed to the Linkage Program since its inception in 2000.

2021 Linkage Program - Funding Available!

CDTC is seeking proposals for funding through its Linkage Program for the 2021-2022 fiscal year (April 2021 - March 2022). This year, we have made $175,000 in federal planning funds available to support no more than three consultant led projects. The maximum total study cost for consultant efforts is $95,000 including a minimum 25% local match. Cash is preferred but new for 2021, up to 15% of the local match may be provided through in-kind services.The submission deadline is Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. 

Questions? Contact Sandy Misiewicz, AICP by emailing or calling 518-458-2161.